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Cream Pan

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Located in Tustin, Cream Pan is a Japanese bakery that offers a wide range of small eats, from savory things such as futomaki and steamed buns to pastries like croissants. Their most popular item is the strawberry croissant! There is an ample amount of custard and it’s just sweet enough to complement the fresh strawberries. The croissants remain flaky even if you leave them sitting on the counter for a majority of the day. They’re worth venturing out to get if you’re not in the area!


Cream Pan
602 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

 

Flour + Tea

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Tea galore!

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Bread galore!

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Flour + tea = happy me 🙂

It’s a little bit out of the way to go to, but drop by if you’re already in the area and get their brown sugar milk tea and green tea mochi bread!


Flour + Tea
238 S Arroyo Pkwy Ste 110
Pasadena, CA 91105

Takuma

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Katsuni

Katsuni is tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) lightly simmered in soy sauce and sweet mirin with onion, topped with half cooked egg.

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Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a stew that consists of beef, noodles, and vegetables served hot pot style.

The interior of the restaurant has a modern feel and the bathroom is very clean (sorry, don’t have any pictures). The food is good, but the portions are small because it is tapas style. The only thing odd is that they play Spanish music in this otherwise very Japanese restaurant! Perhaps to emphasize the tapas-styleness? No se ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Takuma
2627 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Ham Ji Park

Come here for a group for some gooood authentic Korean food because this place’s portions are HUGE.

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Pork Spare Ribs

Gamja Tang

Gamja Tang (Pork Neck Stew)


Ham Ji Park
3407 W 6th St.
Ste 101C
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Tatsu Ramen

One of the unique things about this place is their ordering system: you order and pay when you first walk in using one of the three iPads they have set up! You then seat yourselves and somehow they know what your order is (we didn’t have to show the waitress our receipt/number). A con about this system is that to tip with card, the choices for the amount are preset ($2, $4, or $6). To tip using card, there is a separate iPad by the door on your way out. They also have vegan-friendly ramen and sell merchandise such as shirts.

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Soul Ramen

This place has appeared in the press, like LA Weekly, but despite the rave reviews, this place was just okaayyy. (more…)

Beer Belly

Finally got to try something from this place while at Coachella! I present to you.. (*cue drumroll) PORK BELLY CHIPS.

Pork Belly Chips

Pork Belly Chips w/ Tabasco Aioli

AKA DEEP FRIED PORK BELLY!! Fattening, yes, but pretty darn good. (more…)

Blaze Pizza

A personalized pizza for ~8?

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With unlimited toppings of your choice?

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Andd it’s thin crust? Sounds great to me!

Blaze is like Chipotle or Subway but for pizza. However, with the inconsistency in the freshness of their ingredients, I say this place is A-OK. The first time I tried it, the dough was a bit too chewy and all the toppings slid off, so you might wanna ask your pizza to be extra crispy!


Blaze Pizza
6546 Pardall Rd
Isla Vista, CA 93117
*several locations in SoCal

Doori

Being in Santa Barbara is depressing sometimes because there is no. good. Asian food. anywhere. The restaurants that dooo exist are unfortunately not authentic (*sob). I’m sitting here on my chair literally counting down the days until spring break, when I can go home and eat legit Asian food again – like at Doori!

Samgaetang

Samgaetang

Although Korean restaurants often offer a lot of banchan (side dishes), Doori only gives four: 3 types of kimchi and either bean sprouts or fishcake. I believe this is because they like to keep things simple and have the kimchi act as a refreshing contrast to their soups, their specialty. (more…)

Boba Time

My favorite boba place in SoCal!

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Sweet Potato Smoothie

And no, I am not biased towards this place just because they have sweet potato smoothie. Their sweet potato smoothie actually tastes just like the ones I make at home hehe ^__^

I like how big their menu is and that they provide pictures of almost everything on their website. Not only can you order drinks such as milk tea, iced tea, coffee, and smoothies, but you can also get frozen yogurt, shaved ice, and shaved snow! I have yet to try their desserts, but one thing I can tell you for sure is that their drinks are consistently good. I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll like here!


Boba Time
Multiple locations in Socal

Lilly’s Taqueria

Do you guys remember Tacos El Gordo? I think they’ll always be my favorite taco place since they were the first to make me like tacos. Unfortunately, they don’t have a location here in Santa Barbara, but Lilly’s Taqueria easily takes second place in my book.

Their menu is very simple because unlike many taquerias that offer other food such as burritos and nachos, Lilly’s literally only makes tacos!

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And they sure do well at it. (more…)